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Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D.

Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

Miami Transplant Institute Performs Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Exchange

At a dramatic news conference on July 17, the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center announced the first successful three-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida. In the exchange, three families with a member needing a kidney transplant each found a match in one of the other families.

The result was six surgical procedures, involving more than 30 medical personnel, which had been performed simultaneously in six operating rooms at Jackson just eight days before. The emotional high point of the news conference came when the donors and recipients, all of whom are recovering well, met for the first time.

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

UM Department of Pathology Leading Efforts to Bring Healthcare into 21st Century

In a push to bring healthcare further into the 21st Century at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, Richard J. Cote, M.D., is leading a transformation in the Department of Pathology that is redefining a sustainable and successful model for healthcare services across UHealth. Cote’s efforts were featured in the July issue of the College of American Pathologists’ CAP TODAY.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Ranked No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller Professor Contributes to Review of VA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Lilian Sarfati, M.D., and Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., demonstrate a stress management exercise at the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center.

Family Medicine’s Stress Management Program Targets Healthy Mind and Body

Using interlocked hands, Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine and community health and director of behavioral medicine, illustrates the powerful connection between the mind and the body.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., left, and Chuanhui Dong, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Discuss Positive Stroke Trends and Future Challenges in JAMA Editorial

Although both the incidence of stroke and the mortality rate have declined in the past decade, obesity, diabetes and lack of physical activity could reverse those trends in the future, according to two Miller School of Medicine researchers in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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